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(13-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Newly appointed election monitor Rong Chhun has come out swinging ahead of today’s official swearing in of the nine new National Election Committee members, saying he is “sharpening his spurs” for a potential showdown. The longtime president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association yesterday said that he would not follow the lead of previous under-the-radar NEC appointees, but would instead voice his concerns to the media whenever possible.

(13-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Five months behind bars has done nothing to deter Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak activists from taking their demands to the streets. Just one day after their release from the capital’s Prey Sar prison, the female activists – often at the helm of Phnom Penh demonstrations – vowed yesterday to continue protesting for “as long as land disputes and social injustices remain”.

(13-April-2015 / The Diplomat)

After a lawyer and lawmaker for Cambodia’s opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) announced that negotiations between the ruling party and the CNRP had taken place over the release of imprisoned activists and opposition politicians, ten land rights activists from Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak Lake received a royal pardon and were released from prison on Saturday afternoon.

(13-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

A lieutenant colonel in the military has been arrested and charged with fraud for posing as the deputy head of the army’s counterterrorism department and extorting money from job-seekers hoping to work alongside the department’s commander, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son, police said Sunday.

(13-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Ten imprisoned land-rights activists celebrated at CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha’s villa in Phnom Penh on Saturday afternoon after being released from jail following the end of political negotiations between the CPP and CNRP.

(13-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

An environmental activist and a fisherman said Sunday that about 70 residents of Koh Kong province had worked together over the past few days to chase away sand-dredging barges they accused of operating illegally around Koh Kapi island and damaging vital fishing grounds.

(13-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

The Mondolkiri Provincial Court on Saturday charged a man with having sex with an underage girl, but a rights worker and the girl’s father said Sunday that the allegations were fabricated in retaliation for the man’s involvement in recent protests against a Vietnamese rubber plantation.

(13-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

The new National Election Committee, a key pillar of last year’s political deal between the CPP and the CNRP, will formally assume its duties as the country’s election-organizing body this morning after almost nine months of negotiations and preparations.

(11-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

The Education Ministry is planning to introduce a course to the country’s schools that would teach upper-secondary students how to responsibly use social media, the minister said on Friday.

(11-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Six military police were placed in pretrial detention Friday, charged by the Prey Veng Provincial Court over a police pursuit in March in which a truck driver and his assistant were allegedly shot at, beaten and hog-tied after blowing through a pair of military police checkpoints, a court official said.